Broken bone victims lack vitamin D

Dec 14, 2005

Medway Maritime Hospital conducted a study of 870 patients. ?96% of those who had a broken bone did not have high enough levels of vitamin D ? often called the ?sunshine vitamin?.? Vitamin D is generated through sunlight exposure and found in certain foods, fortified milk, and supplements. It can be significantly lower during the winter months because exposure to sunlight is minimized.

The risk of fracture increases in older people with osteoporosis due to brittle bones. To make sure calcium is absorbed in the body, vitamin D is necessary.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

At the start of this study the impact of the supplements Green Tea Extract and CLA were not even thought of yet - studies show these both impact weight.

Think of fish as brain food

Dr. Morris of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago conducted a prospective study, which followed 3,718 people 65 and older for 6 years. The study suggests that elderly people can have the mental functioning of a person 3 years younger than they are, when they consume fish at least once a week. If they consume fish two or more times a week, they can have the mental functioning of someone 4 years younger.

Omega 3 acids found in seafood are responsible for this effect. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in paricular, is required for early brain development and may be beneficial for older people too.